Update: 1/3/2019 10:08 a.m.
Activist Shaun King has increased the reward to $50,000 for any information on the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.
“I have now located several credible eyewitnesses with essential new information and have screened them and passed them on to @SheriffEd_HCSO,” he wrote.
UPDATE: I have now located several credible eyewitnesses with essential new information and have screened them and passed them on to @SheriffEd_HCSO.
It’s not enough, but gives us many more details.
Our reward is now $50,000. #JusticeForJazmine
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/aH9pLinB4E
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 2, 2019
Barnes was killed Saturday in the back seat of her mother’s car when an alleged gunman drove up next to the vehicle and shot into the vehicle, per reports.
A manhunt is underway for a bearded White man in his 40s, according to law enforcement officials.
Police officers are looking for a suspect who allegedly shot and killed a 7-year-old Texas girl in the back of her mother’s car.
Washington, who was with her three other daughters in the car, opened up about the attack to the news station, saying a man driving a maroon pickup truck pulled up next to her and started shooting into her vehicle.
“As I turned around and looked back at the street, I heard shots start firing and they came through my window, broke my glass, and hit me in my arm. They sped off in front of us and the truck slowed down and continued to fire as he was in front of us,” she told ABC 13. “It was not fair. It was not fair. He intentionally killed my child for no reason. He didn’t even know her, he didn’t know who she was.”
Washington, 30, said after the shooting, her other daughter informed her what had happened to Jazmine.
“She said, ‘Momma, Jazmine’s not moving. She’s not talking.’ I turned around and my 7-year-old was shot in the head.”
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the suspected shooter and “won’t rest until this precious child’s killer is brought to justice,” according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
Our hearts go out to Jazmine's grieving classmates and teachers at Monahan Elementary in Sheldon ISD. We won't rest until this precious child's killer is brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/cEWcwdR9Uy
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 1, 2019
Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt and activist Shaun King have offered a $35,000 reward to anyone who has any information on the person who shot and killed Jazmine.
Listen. I have $35,000 in cash for the person who turns in the murderer of 7 year old Jazmine Barnes.
You can contact me confidentially. And I can give you the money without anyone knowing it was you.
Contact me at email@example.com or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. pic.twitter.com/PDUsgUyHLU
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 1, 2019
Two of Jazmine’s sisters weren’t hurt in the incident, but her younger sister was injured by glass fragments; their mother was taken to the hospital, according to Yahoo News.
“My baby comes and asks me, ‘Where’s my sister? Is she coming back?’ She’s only six years old,” said Washington.
Jazmine’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.